It isn’t uncommon to outgrow a home but outgrowing a flower garden? That’s simply unheard of. There’s something so magical about a flower garden you’ve grown on your own and leaving it behind when it’s time to move to a new humble abode can be a difficult concept to come to terms with. However, with these handy tips, you don’t have to. Bring your flower garden with you wherever your aspirations for a new home take you.
Prepare your Plants Weeks Prior
The first step to transporting your flower garden to your new home is preparation. Remove any dead leaves or dried petals, make sure no pests can be found and give them a good prune.
Plan for Transportation
Plants are one of the few items that prohibited from being transported via moving trucks. So, you’ll need to plan alternative transportation for your flower garden.
Proper Digging for Preserving Root Systems
Inarguably, one of the most important steps to transporting a flower garden is digging it up properly to ensure their root systems are preserved for successful relocation. Damaged roots can drastically affect the likelihood of survival, as your flowers will not receive the nutrition and water they need. So, always dig a hole wider than you need and then slowly and meticulously narrow in on the roots by removing dirt with your hands.
If your favorite flowers are simply too large to take with you or if transporting your flower garden seems too difficult, consider the alternative. Depending on the type of plant, you may be able to take a cutting, so you can replant it at your new home.
Re-pot in Plastic Containers
The next step is to re-pot. To avoid unnecessary weight, it’s recommended to re-pot gardens in plastic containers for the duration of the move. This instantly makes them significantly easier to move from point A to B.
To strengthen the stems on tall flowers, use rods during transportation to avoid them from snapping. Then, top the upper parts of your plants with a loose bag.
Consider any Temperature Changes
It’s important to also consider any temperature changes your plants will be subjected during transportation and arrival at their new humble abode. If you’re moving to an area with a different climate or driving through different temperatures that your flowers aren’t used to, it’s recommended to take extra precautions (and conduct extra research) to see how to maintain comfortable conditions that’ll allow your plants to thrive.
Check the Law
If you’re moving to a different neighborhood within the city, you shouldn’t have much to worry about in terms of the law. That is, assuming you’ve arranged for alternate transportation since plants cannot be transported via moving trucks.
However, if you are moving to a new state or country, you’ll want to check to see if your plants are allowed to cross the border. Some places restrict certain species, others require a thorough inspection done by the US Department of Agriculture and some are stricter than others. So, if you’re doing a long-distance move, checking with the border is something you’ll definitely want to add to your to-do list.
One of the most important steps to transporting your flower garden to your new home is figuring out how to transport them. Moving trucks aren’t allowed to move any living items, including plants, and you’ll need to arrange alternative transportation for your beloved botanicals. But other than that, these gardening tips will send you in the right direction to bringing your flower garden with you to your new home.